Some media critics say the year 2020 was the worst year ever. Some say 2020 was a suitable time for us to stop for a while and reflect. However you define the year 2020, it is coming to an end.
We encountered the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly and have seen many tears, but we have also witnessed warm and touching moments, a helping hand from strangers, the dedication of volunteers, devotion of medical staff, and more care and contact from teachers, friends and families than usual. 2020 is definitely a memorable year.
In this episode of the "My 2020" video series, People’s Daily invited Da Wei, the assistant president and professor of University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, to share his experiences in 2020.
Mr. Da considers 2020 a special but difficult one. He thinks 2020 is particularly difficult for students in two aspects. One, is how to deal with family staying at home for so long, and the other is taking online courses to finish their spring semester.
As an expert on China-US relations, he also shares his observations on the subject. He thinks 2020 was a “a difficult time”, particularly before the US election.
“I think the Trump administration made many ‘bad’ mistakes, trying to be harsh to China, trying to scapegoat China,” he said.
“I don’t think the pandemic changed all international relations, structures, or order,” he added.
What surprises him is that he had more communication with his foreign colleagues and friends than in normal times. He stressed that it’s much easier to hold webinars and online conferences, and helpful for the scholars from the two countries to overcome this difficult year for China-US relations.
“Next year, I hope we have a new start. If we’re optimistic enough, probably we’ll have a better year... So I hope after this very difficult year, we can handle our China-US relations better, and our China-West relations better,” he added.
(Produced by Qiao Wai, Yan Yiqiao and Xu Zheqi)